Food and Drink

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest food and drink news from around the UK and Ireland.

Happy Inside harnesses power of Japanese knotweed for gut-healthy drinks

Founded during lockdown, start-up Happy Inside has created a line of ‘lip smacking’ no-added sugar drinks formulated to boost gut health.

Love Health & Wellbeing opens trio of stores

Following the launch of two stores in 2020, along with an e-commerce site, Love Health & Wellbeing is opening a third shop in June.

The Nation’s Favourite: the search is back on

Soil Association Certification is calling upon consumers to help find ‘the nation’s favourite’ organic food and drink product.

OTB joined by Local Greens

South London-based organic veg bag scheme Local Greens has been welcomed as a member of the Organic Trade Board.

Vegan Society turns heads with billboard takeover

On 18 April The Vegan Society took over a 23 foot wall in East London, unveiling a mosaic to publicize its new Future Normal campaign.

Craig Sams interviewed by Patrick Holford

Rosie Greenaway extracts highlights from Patrick Holford’s interview with organic pioneer Craig Sams on his podcast.

Antibiotic use by SA-certified livestock farmers below national average

A new report reveals that organic livestock farmers certified by the Soil Association have much lower antibiotic use than average levels.

Spotlight series

Soupologie has added three new soups to its offer, fortified with a vegan source of vitamin D3, providing at least 50% RDI in a 300g serving.

News in brief

FareShare Sussex, Foodwise and Neat2Eat have made a joint application to Your Fund Surrey to fund a new warehouse to distribute surplus food.

Essential Trading cooperative celebrates landmark 50th anniversary

Bristol-based wholesaler Essential Trading is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, having supported the local economy since 1971. 

The flavours of the world

Globetrotting may be off limits, but Rosie Greenaway tours the Foods of the World sector to see which foreign influences are on shelves. 

FYX creates RTD collagen-infused drinks for body and beauty

Start-up brand FYX has launched with a duo of ‘healthy and hydrating’ ready-to-drink collagen-infused spring waters: FYX Body and FYX Beauty.

UK ‘eats the most junk food in Europe’

In a HelloFresh survey 15,000 citizens from nine European countries were asked how often they consume junk food; the UK came out on top.

Politicians protest over EU plant-based dairy ‘censorship’

MEPs are calling for the EC to reject ‘plant-based dairy censorship’ amid plans to further restrict the terms used for plant-based dairy.

Vegan Trademark partners with LiberEat to help plant-based consumers

The Vegan Society and LiberEat have teamed so users of the specialist food app to see products with the Vegan Trademark in their searches.

Oddbox undergoes brand overhaul to enhance consumer experience

Oddbox has revealed a series of improvements to better engage consumers and help meet its goal of saving 35,000 tonnes of produce by 2025. 

Spotlight series

Tisserand Aromatherapy has expanded its Happy Vibes and Real Calm blends to include single Roller Balls and Diffuser Oils.

A ‘big win’ for organic

OF&G says the organic sector is ‘cautiously optimistic after gaining clear recognition’ within Defra’s new Sustainable Farming Incentive.

Shareholder pressure pushes Tesco towards health targets

‘Rising investor concerns’ over corporate health impacts leads Tesco to increase its proportion of sales from healthier products to 65%.

Tea India appeals to consumers’ wanderlust with new single-estate collection

Tea India has introduced a new line of Regional Single-Estate Teas in a bid to take them on an ‘exotic journey to the tea gardens of India’.